The Place Vendôme, formerly known as Place Louis-le-Grand, is a square in Paris, France, located north of the Tuileries Gardens and east of the Église de la Madeleine. It marks the beginning of the Rue de la Paix.
Jules Hardouin-regular Mansart’s architecture and pedimented screens canted across the corners give the rectangular Place Vendôme the appearance of an octagon. The original Vendôme Column in the square’s center was erected by Napoleon I to commemorate the Battle of Austerlitz; it was demolished on May 16, 1871, by decree of the Paris Commune, but was later rebuilt and is still a prominent feature on the square today.
The world’s great jewelry brands have transformed Place Vendôme and the adjoining Rue de la Paix into a never-ending stream of window displays brimming with sparkling diamonds, rubies, and emeralds.